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by FrancisDeSales
Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pre-shave oil: yay or nay? Also, some newbie questions.
Replies: 64
Views: 15115

I don't see anyone complaining about the prices of Taylor's Pre-shave oil or T&H's pre-shave oil, which are in the very same price range with AOS. Um, no. Look, I am a very recent revert to wetshaving, but I know a thing or two about exchange rates. When the difference between the pound and dollar ...
by FrancisDeSales
Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:49 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Blade Storage Life?
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

The Dorco blades I purchased (at a neighborhood barber supply store in Atlanta) were packaged identically to Merkur, excepting the script. Price? $1.00 for a 10 pack. Are they as good as Merkur? I have no idea yet. I've not gotten as comfortable a shave with my Merkurs as I have with these Dorcos, b...
by FrancisDeSales
Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: Shaving Creams & Hard Soaps
Topic: Caswell-Massey shave cream
Replies: 18
Views: 2446

I tried 1752 Almond the other day and it sucked! But I got a tube of Musgo Real for $8 there at the same time, and I am quite pleased by that.
by FrancisDeSales
Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:48 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: Blade Storage Life?
Replies: 6
Views: 1117

Blade Storage Life?

Assuming I store them outside the bathroom, how long will DE blades keep? I'm thinking about buying a couple of hundred of these Dorco blades and was thinking, is that more than I can use before they corrode beyond prime shaving? I change blades weekly, so 200 is nearly 4 years of blades and it is r...
by FrancisDeSales
Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: DORCO DE blades
Replies: 6
Views: 1277

Honkdonker, The second shave was as good as the first, and these blades are SO cheap! I'm dropping in Thursday to stock up big time. I've been using Merkurs almost exclusively, excepting one week with a personna, and next week I'll switch back to Merkur long enough to see if it is the new technique ...
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:52 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Traffic Court Stories
Replies: 31
Views: 5880

Congrats, Ren!!! I recently had a case the prosecutor declined to pursue as well. I was sitting in a left turn lane in a very large truck, waiting for a man on my right to make a left hand turn. Instead of driving around me and into the lanes going the other way, he ran head on into my stationary tr...
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Forgotten Phrases
Replies: 42
Views: 8661

"I wish coke was still cola and a joint was just a bad place to be..." Merle Haggard, "Are the Good Times Really Over For Good?"
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 3:03 pm
Forum: Colognes & Aftershaves
Topic: Gum additive for balm
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Gum additive for balm

I have made my own bay rum for a long time, but recently stopped treating shaving as a torture session. So I started mixing my own alcohol-free aftershaves. Anyway, there is a particularly good product I am trying to replicate for my own medicine cabinet, but I am missing gum, which is apparently wh...
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:44 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Watches-quartz vs. mechanical
Replies: 33
Views: 6627

Sorry about your loss, Big Ren. Losing a good watch or a good knife is terrible. Have you ever thought of a pocket watch? That way it is off your wrist, but chained to your belt or waistcoat (if you wear the 3-peice.) I have never liked wearing a watch, so for a long time, I simply did not wear one....
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Edwardian Suit
Replies: 0
Views: 427

Edwardian Suit

Not one of those rockabilly "Teddy" suits, but a real, honest to God, bespoke tweed 3 peice. Jacket has double vents and belting in the rear, vest is 7 button and needs a little repair where the front meets the backing on one shoulder. Pants are a bit large, but after darting, this will leave me wit...
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: The Gentlemen's Parlor
Topic: Forgotten Phrases
Replies: 42
Views: 8661

I'm almost 29 years old, born in 1977, and I haven't found a word or phrase in this thread I am unfamiliar with, and 3/4 of them I use when appropriate, especially "store-bought" and "picture show". I am engaged to a woman roughly twice my age. Her friends often ask how we can have anything in commo...
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:28 am
Forum: Safety Razors & Blades
Topic: DORCO DE blades
Replies: 6
Views: 1277

DORCO DE blades

Who's tried them? What did you think? They are 10c/blade at a B&M near me. I've used one once, and got my best shave yet with it, even using that reformulated Cassey-Maswell Sandalwood that feels "prickly" on my skin. But I also changed my technique slightly. (I know, bad move, changing multiple var...
by FrancisDeSales
Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Pre-shave oil: yay or nay? Also, some newbie questions.
Replies: 64
Views: 15115

Use either Ordinary Virgin Olive Oil, Pure Virgin olive Oil, or Refined Olive Oil, refined being preferred I imagine. These have far less scent than EVOO.
by FrancisDeSales
Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pre-shave oil: yay or nay? Also, some newbie questions.
Replies: 64
Views: 15115

I tried the castor oil + olive oil trick at home myself, but didn't like the result because the mix retained too much of the olive oil scent.
What grade of olive oil did you use? This is not something which calls for EVOO, unless you want to smell like a pizza joint.
by FrancisDeSales
Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Determining brush size?
Replies: 11
Views: 1770

Oh no, if Ichabod Conk were a Sandhurst grad who'd barely escaped the Mahdi, only to go on to develop an amazing glycerine shaving soap in later life, I'd not be bothered in the least. Not for a moment. Soldiers and sailors are not entirely the same thing, but when I was a sailor, we looked back on ...
by FrancisDeSales
Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Determining brush size?
Replies: 11
Views: 1770

Oh, and thanks, Mike. I'll bring home a set of calipers from work one night next week to satisfy curiousity, but its moot. Thanks to Dr. Moss, I have no real desire for a new and similar brush any longer.
by FrancisDeSales
Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:36 pm
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Determining brush size?
Replies: 11
Views: 1770

Yes, I did think he was a Limey, or rather a fictitious corporate mascot of English extraction, related to that ne'er-do-well ex-pat in the Carribean, Panama Jack. I based this assumption on the fact that Conk appears to be the brand of choice for internet cutlery retailers everywhere, not a group I...
by FrancisDeSales
Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:48 am
Forum: Shaving Brushes
Topic: Determining brush size?
Replies: 11
Views: 1770

Determining brush size?

I'm sure most of you can probably look at a brush and give a knot size +/- 2 mm. For those of us who can't, how do I determine the size of a given unknown brush? If that isn't too easily done, how do you remove the silk screening from a faux ivory handle, specifically the "Col. Conk" signature on th...
by FrancisDeSales
Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:41 am
Forum: General
Topic: Blade Buffing
Replies: 11
Views: 1432

If you'll pardon the comparison, this "blade-buffing" sounds remarkably similar to the technique my dad taught me... For taking the scalded hair off of a hog before butchering. Of course, we used carbon knives for that, not razors. And we didn't worry about skin irritation; it just tenderizes the sk...
by FrancisDeSales
Tue Jan 17, 2006 6:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Pre-shave oil: yay or nay? Also, some newbie questions.
Replies: 64
Views: 15115

I can only plead incredibly poor eyesight. On closer inspection, that's not your actual photo, but rather the wizened mobster archetype Joseph Viterelli. So others are not likewise snookered by me, I am not St. Francis De Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Doctor of the Universal Church. :wink: Franklin Atlan...